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Funeral for Anita Cañizares

Anita Cañizares' family has arranged for services to be held on campus this weekend. Calling hours will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at DeLancey House for Cañizares, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, who died unexpectedly March 2.

A Mass, led by friend of the family Padre German, will be held following the calling hours at 2 p.m. in St. John's Chapel. President Mark Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan will host a reception at their home after the Mass for all those attending the service.

Cards may be sent to the attention of Chaplain Lesley Adams, and she will forward them to a member of Cañizares' family. The family would like any gifts made in Anita's memory to go to the HWS Center for Teaching and Learning.

Cañizares, a native of Colombia, joined the Colleges in July 2003. She worked tirelessly at the CTL, overseeing direct student services, including tutoring and writing support. She established student workshops and served as an advocate for students with disabilities, assisting them in the development of self-advocacy skills.

Before joining HWS, Cañizares worked on a self-evaluation and improvement project for the Organization of American States, and served as deputy director of program development for the secretariat of education in Bogotá. She also had taught classes in qualitative research methods, intercultural education and Spanish, as well as English as a second language.

Provost and Dean of the Faculty Ruth Freeman reflected on Cañizares' spirit and dedication. “Anita always came into the office with a smile and much energy, filled with ideas for ways to provide services to students and faculty members. She will be greatly missed.”

The Colleges will collect thoughts, reflections and memories of Anita. These sentiments will be sent to the Cañizares' family. Please submit your thoughts to Kelly Switzer in the Provost's Office, at